Sometimes we say things in the heat of the battle and then other times we try to be the first ones in the box to make the news. During this political election season as with past contests, candidates jockey for position to gain an edge with voters and increase their likelihood of winning their vote at the ballot box.
Sometimes, however, these candidates find themselves up the stream without a paddle, if I may use a quote from my youth. Sen. Ted Cruz was that candidate on Tuesday when the attack on Brussels occurred. Cruz jumped in front of the cameras and made a statement that shocked leaders on both sides of the aisle.
“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” Cruz had said after terrorist attacks killed dozens and wounded hundreds in Brussels on Tuesday.
Well, this didn’t sit pretty with fellow candidates and leaders over the nation and justifiably so. Cruz didn’t think his comments through as a candidate running for office. He probably thought that’s what voters wanted to hear, and he would gain that edge, but it ignited a firestorm against him.
From USA Today:
Critics said Cruz’s comments — which were seconded by Republican front-runner Donald Trump — amounted to a call for a police state against Muslims, and are contrary to U.S. values.
“I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance,” said President Obama, commenting in Argentina after his visit to Cuba. “Which, by the way, the father of Senator Cruz escaped for America.”
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton told a rally in Seattle: “Ted Cruz, who said we need to be policing everywhere Muslims live — I don’t know about you; that is not only offensive that too is dangerous … Because we want everybody to feel together on our common defense against terrorism.”
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on CBS This Morning, said Cruz “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, to be quite frank with you. I took great offense at that statement.”
Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Cruz a “disgrace.”
His comments were “worse than opportunistic and inappropriate politicking in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Brussels,” she said. “They were a shameful display of hate that only serves to foment anger and make the world less secure.”
Watch how Cruz doubles down on patrolling Muslim neighborhoods. Be careful, this wasn’t pretty:
Shocker. The man who is 2nd place in the GOP primary for president right now has no understanding of the Constitution he claims to love and cherish. Sounds like all of his followers, along with the trolls I constantly read on bulletin boards every day.
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